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Punta Tombo National Reserve

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Address: Ruta Provincial 1 | approx 100 km from the cities of Rawson & Trelew, Dique Florentino Ameghino, Argentina
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Penguins in Nature - Can cross off the bucket list!

This park more than met my expectations for penguin watching. The Magellanic Penguins were wonderful. Everywhere you look - there they are. From babies to adults. We did not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Judith V
Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park more than met my expectations for penguin watching. The Magellanic Penguins were wonderful. Everywhere you look - there they are. From babies to adults. We did not know they nest in the ground under small shrubs, so once you train you eyes, you can spot them everywhere. This park is easily accessible for all fitness levels as you... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to see Magellanic penguins, Punta Tomba is the place to go. There are thousands of penguins and they are everywhere - in their burrows in the brush, on the paths, under the wooden bridges, on the seashore, and in the water. The penguins seem not to mind all the people, but it would be nice if the... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is absolutely amazing, a natural preserve for penguins. So happy we survived the long bus ride out to see this wonderful place. The amount of penguins is mind blowing, they are every where; waddling, chirping, swimming, mating, eating, pooping and sleeping. I just wish people would respect the signs and give them space.

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Thompsontown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017

We had never seen wild penguins before, and here, we saw several thousand. This met all expectations. We went on an organized ships tour, but if I had it to do over, I would not. Others on our ship did a very similar tour with local operators for a fraction of the cost. ($50ish instead of over $200, to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2017

Went there at the end of January 2017. We took a ship's organized tour. It is approximately 3 hours ride each way. There are 2 bathroom stops on the way. Our droup was lucky to get a little bus as there were not many people in our group. The transportation had an air con and the tour guide Marcela was... More 

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Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2017

Its a long boring drive here from Puerto Madryn but worth it to see the huge colony of penguins.They are so well protected that they are totally unafraid of humans and toddle among the tourists. A great experience .

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

This colony is huge and there are literally penguins everywhere you look! The landscape is beautiful too with guanacos and other birds. It is fascinating watching the penguins and their chicks both on land and at sea - great walking tracks and platforms for viewing. The Visitor Centre is also super. Even though we had seen a smaller colony on... More 

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

We booked this tour from our cruise ship. The highway was smooth and the park road was good. Rest stops are along the way and at the park. The wooden boardwalk made the almost one mile hiking tour very easy. They prohibit you from getting off the boardwalk to explore because there are Magellan penguins everywhere. They live in shallow... More 

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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

It was great to find so many penguins in this beautiful Natural Reserve. It was a hot day and the animals were pretty nice. It's a romantic and familiar place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

Well worth the long drive from Puerto Madryn. The scenery around Punta Tombo is breathtaking but the penguins will really capture your attention. I was there in early November and there were not as many penguins as in some of the photos I've seen, but it was still a great adventure.

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